The great sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis always kept his international public enthralled with what can be described as a mysteriously aloof decorum. Recently, when King Carl was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, one could almost hear the entire sport of track and field hitting rock bottom with him.
So track and field's been dormant for a while, but it ain't dead. Inhale the sport in its purest form at the grassroots uprising of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, to be held this weekend (May 22-24) at Korte Stadium, on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (I-270 and Route 157, 618-650-2871, $15/three days, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.). -- Mike Seely
Rollin' on the River
It's easy for some of us to live in St. Louis yet never get near the Mississippi River. Local not-for-profit Trailnet, which conserves trails and greenways for walking and bicycling, aims to help remedy that this summer with its Bicycle Fun Club at the Landing (www.trailnet.org, 314-913-BIKE, free). Leisurely riverside rides for adults are being held each Tuesday through August 27.
Embarking at 6 p.m. from the parking lot on Second Street just north of Laclede's Landing, riders choose their own adventures along the paved St. Louis Riverfront Trail from preplanned routes running between seven and 27 miles. Incentive to stick with it for the long haul: The longest route includes a stop for ice cream. -- Rose Martelli
Meet Me at le Faire
Get out of the Dark Ages (by about 500 years) and immerse yourself in sixteenth-century France at the 2003 St. Louis Renaissance Faire. Visitors to the annual festival enjoy an interactive glimpse of the culture and entertainment of the period without the political strife or pestilential dreariness. This living-history experience features guilds, feasts, jousting, live music, spirits, entertainment, dancing, general merriment and exciting re-creations.
Gettest thou over to Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road in Wentzville, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends, May 17-June 8, plus Memorial Day. Admission is $6-$10 (ages four and younger get in for free). For more information, check out www.stlrenfaire.com. -- Rob Levy
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